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  1. shumitto

    Banzuke for Natsu 2022

    The Banzuke committee must really love Kagayaki. It is not first time they are soft on him, so I wouldn't expect a M17 with 7 wins to be treated like that every time.
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    I had never checked Kotochitose's career before, but with 5 Makuuchi and 32 Juryo basho under his belt, including two Yusho in the latter division, he is much better than I expected him to be. I wonder if they are ever going to fill these spots. One of them has been free for quite a while now with no lack of good candidates, like retired Sagatsukasa and about to turn 45 Yoshiazuma, but nothing has happened. In Japan I always had a feeling that there were more "helpers" than needed, like an old man guiding people to an obvious detour at a construction site, or an young lady kind of watching people getting into the elevator inside a fancy department store. Maybe sumo is like this and they realised they don't need a new wakaimonogashira now, if at all.
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    I don't know any specifics about Nankairiki, but I have seen many rikishi start losing weight way before their intai, for health reasons or just because they know they don't need that much weight anymore.
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    Sandanme 100 tsukedashi ? Not anymore..

    First I thought it was a joke, but I've found a source here. 大相撲規則変更 二所ノ関部屋に入門の嘉陽快宗は三段目100枚目格→90枚目格で夏場所初土俵 - 大相撲 : 日刊スポーツ (
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    His 6 year long absence must be some sort of record. Maybe his heya had forgotten he even existed, but someone found a plate with his name on it and decided to hand in his intai papers.
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    Retirees after Haru 2022

    Wikipedia has a Japanese article about Sakigake. As with most wikipedia things, we can't know if the sources are reliable (and neither is the translater, me) , but here are a few bits. His family runs a road building company. He is the youngest of 4 siblings. His first plan was to become a doctor and he practiced basketball and soccer, but had no sumo background prior to his coming to Japan. His father and Kyokushuzan had a common acquaintance who helped him get a trial in Japan. He caught the attention of then Hanaregoma (late Ozeki Kaiketsu) and ended up joining his stable. His first shikona was Wakatora, but he changed it to Sakigake after stagnating in Sandanme. By 2011, then aged 25, he finally established himself in makushita, eventually reaching Juryo in early 2014. He amassed 6 basho as sekitori, with 35-55 record there. To be honest, at some point I expected more from him; at least a couple of kachikoshi in Juryo. But he was mostly outpaced there. I wish him the best of luck, after a lenghty 19 year career that probably didn't bear the fruits he was expecting.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Maybe I should rephrase it into "After a long while". At any rate the idea is that 7 ( or 8, it depends on how you count it) basho without a Makuuchi kachi-koshi is not a good thing, and good results notwithstanding, I still don't see the same sumo content he once displayed.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I am probably an outsider here, but watching for the first time a play-off between two senshuraku losers felt a bit anticlimactic. I was rooting for the 32 year-old and fading, never gonna win it Takayasu, but in hindsight I wish Wakakakakkakakaatagegege had just crushed my favorite Shodai to win in the regular time, so to speak. Apart from the unexpected winner, Kotonowaka's performance was another clear highlight of the basho. Given his track record, good results are much more likely to be the norm than an exception for him. Another rikishi that really delivered was Kitanowaka in lower Juryo. He is nimble, strong, has good technique. I hope to see him in Makuuchi soon. Kotoshoho is has finally managed a Makuuchi kachi-koshi, but I can't say I am totally convinced. He had a deadly combination of speed coupled with precise moves I don't see anymore. I am also worried about Meisei, but I would like to see more before drawing any conclusions. Okinoumi has been having some energy issues. After the first week, he tends to look spent. This time he was spent from day 1. I guess that is it for him.
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    Trivia bits

    As a perennial sekitori hope, Tochimaru has occupied all the ranks from ms10 to ms1, but ms6, some of them more than once (ms4 - 3 times, for instance). Has anyone been slotted in all the top ten ranks ?
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Same here, specially because years ago they stated that their common goal was to wrestle together in Makuuchi. 若隆元・若元春・若隆景 三兄弟 きみこそ明日リート #114 - YouTube
  11. Given how long it took him to get there, the chances he will join that group of rikishi who got promoted but never wrestled in the division is not very low. (Towanoyama comes to mind, but his story is a completely different one). The article doesn't mention where Shiden will land banzuke-wise but one can glean from the context that his score will be treated like a regular 0-0-15 and he will drop. Otherwise, the papers would have brought it up.
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    Kyokushuuhou retires

    I guess it was back in 2008/2009 that his body gave the first signs that things weren't that well. I remember when he withdrew without a single win and he never showed his previous tachiai explosion afterwards. By the time he'd reached Makuuchi he was too spent already to be much of a factor. He was wise, though, to get many more paychecks than it looked possible by using his quickly diminishing skills the best way he could.
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    YDC convenes after Hatsu 2022

    same here
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    YDC convenes after Hatsu 2022

    Today I asked myself the same question about Abi. He transgressed, that is true. But what's the point of having a good talent waste some time home, just to watch him roll over his lower division foes like a bullet train. This kind of question becomes more important when talent pool is thin. Almost 10 years ago, we reached the point of having Hakuho backed up by 6 Ozeki (3 of whom managed to make it to Y), so it was ok to sideline one of them for a while, but now with two kadoban Ozeki it is such a waste to see Asanoyama away.
  15. How many Oyakata did you get to watch on the dohyo while active ? I watched the bouts of 52 out of the current 105 so far (not counting Nishikijima because it's vacant). I've added Tamarikido to the the tally for he retired a couple of years after I started following sumo but I have no recollection of him, so maybe I should rephrase it to "how many rikishi became oyakata after you started following (and while you were still following) sumo ?". But I think you got the gist of the question.